11/29/2016


TelecoWorld: South Korea

 

Official Name: Republic of Korea
Capital: Seul
Population: 49.12 million (Census Bureau - 2015)
Currency: Won Sul-Coreanao
Calling Code: +82
Regulatory Agency: mic

 

 

Quarter and Month Results

 

Cellular Operators (thousands)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
SK Telecom (SKT) 28,026 28,313 28,474 28,626 28,921 29,150 29,451 1.0% 3.4%
KT Freetel (KTF) 17,437 17,637 17,801 18,038 18,180 18,378 18,678 1.6% 4.9%
LG Telecom (LGT) 11,566 11,690 11,794 11,949 12,104 12,260 12,361 0.8% 4.8%
Total (thousand) 57,029 57,640 58,069 58,613 59,205 59,788 60,490 1.2% 4.2%
Cell/100 inhab. 115.8 117.0 117.9 119.0 120.2 121.4 122.8 - -

 

 

SK Telecom (SKT)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
Mobile Accesses 28,026 28,313 28,474 28,626 28,921 29,150 29,451 1.0% 3.4%
LTE 17,447 17,937 18,465 18,980 19,526 20,028 20,545 2.6% 11.3%
Churn Rate 2.0% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5% 1.5% 1.4% - -
ARPU (Won) 43,484 44,071 44,103 44,224 32,611 32,324 32,010 (1.0%) (3.4%)
ARPU (US$) 39.25 39.45 37.22 37.61 28.63 28.00 29.10 3.9% 4.1%

*Wireless Internet.

 

 

KT Freetel (KTF)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
Subs (Thousands) 17,437 17,637 17,801 18,038 18,180 18,378 18,678 1.6% 4.9%
WCDMA 6,137 5,857 5,466 5,207 - - - - -
LTE 11,364 11,883 12,335 12,832 - - - - -
Churn Rate(%) 2.3% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.7% 1.7% - -
ARPU* (Won) 35,451 36,060 36,193 36,491 36,128 36,527 36,298 (0.6%) 0.3%
ARPU (US$) 32.0 32.3 30.5 31.0 31.7 31.7 33.0 4.3% 8.0%

 

 

LG U+ (Plus)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
LGT Subs 11,566 11,690 11,794 11,949 12,104 12,260 12,361 0.8% 4.8%
Churn Rate  1.9% 1.7% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.9% 1.9% - -
ARPU (Won) 39,788 40,258 39,822 39,853 38,654 39,162 38,681 (1.2%) (2.9%)
ARPU (US$) 35.9 36.0 33.6 33.9 33.9 33.9 35.2 3.6% 4.6%

 

 

In the Korean market there are barriers to the users don't change operator. The government limit the competition between operators Prohibiting the subsidy of cell phone terminals establishing rules to service plans.

 

 

Fixed Telephony Operators

 

KT Freetel (KTF)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
Fixed Accesses 17,103 16,951 16,806 16,682 16,554 16,450 16,337 (0.7%) (2.8%)
PSTN 13,706 13,549 13,403 13,268 13,115 12,993 12,882 (0.9%) (3.9%)
VoIP 3,397 3,402 3,403 3,413 3,439 3,458 3,455 (0.1%) 1.5%
Broadband 8,168 8,229 8,289 8,328 8,375 8,434 8,478 0.5% 2.3%
IPTV 6,042 6,217 6,401 6,552 6,675 6,813 6,928 1.7% 8.2%

 

 

LG U+ (Plus)

 

Thousands 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15 1Q16 2Q16 3Q16 ∆Qter ∆Year
Fixed Accesses 4,945 5,011 5,027 5,045 5,038 5,006 4,921 (1.7%) (2.1%)
PSTN 4,450 4,506 4,520 4,540 4,543 4,510 4,427 (1.8%) (2.1%)
VoIP 495 505 507 505 495 496 494 (0.4%) (2.6%)
Broadband 3,050 3,087 3,445 3,483 3,520 3,546 3,565 0.5% 3.5%
IPTV 2,040 2,123 2,199 2,280 2,355 2,418 2,474 2.3% 12.5%

 

 

SKTelecom, also offers fixed telephony services, however, doesn't report these results.

 

 

Annual Results

 

 

 

Milhares 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 ∆Year
SK Telecom (SKT) 26,553 26,961 27,352 28,279 28,626 1.2%
KT Freetel (KTF) 16,563 17,436 17,300 17,300 18,038 4.3%
LG Telecom (LGT) 9,391 10,162 10,874 11,381 11,949 5.0%
Total (thousand) 52,507 54,559 55,526 56,960 58,613 2.9%
Cell./100 inhab. 107.7 109.1 111.0 115.6 119.0 -

 

 

 

Millions 2011
2012
2013 2014 2015
Year
Mobile Accesses 52.5 53.7 55.5 57.0 58.3 2.4%
Fixed Telephone 29.4 30.1 30.3 29.5 28.9 (2.0%)
Broadband 17.9 18.3 18.7 19.2 20.0 4.3%
Source: KCC. UIT and Operators

 

 

Densities

 

Millions 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Mobile Accesses 107.6 110.7 111.0 116.2 118.8
Fixed Telephone 60.3 61.9 60.7 60.1 58.8
Broadband 36.7 37.7 37.5 39.1 40.8
Source: KCC, UIT and Operator

 

 

SKTelecom: www.sktelecom.com/eng

KT: www.kt.com/eng

LG U+: www.lguplus.com

 

 

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